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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Eye opening even for the most jaded ones:
"The comparison of the prison-industrial complex to slavery is not unfounded. In Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and Texas, incarcerated people are given no wages in exchange for their labor. Many prisoners are also forced to work, and often in jobs that are exceptionally dangerous or strenuous; many of those who are fighting northern California’s raging wildfires rights now are incarcerated. And to even make a telephone call to their families, prisoners — or frequently, their families — must often pay exorbitant prices.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
My heart aches for all these innocent children and their families. Will this madness ever end? Will those responsible for this massacre ever pay for their crimes? There is no other name for this madness but terrorism in true sense of word.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Yemenis dig graves for children who where killed when their bus was hit during a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that targeted the Dahyan market the previous day in the Houthi rebel stronghold province of Saada, Aug. 10, 2018

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MohammadAla Mohammad Ala (@MohammadAla) on Pinned comment
This is a good interview.
Ahed is a courageous activist who has placed her life on the line for the benefit of Palestine.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
"The likelihood of nuclear annihilation is much smaller than the likelihood of annihilation by conventional means in a world free of nuclear weapons." I wouldn't use the term 'annihilation', in the literal sense, when referencing a conventional war. Apples to oranges when comparing the destructive force of nuclear vs conventional weapons. But then again, so many nations are armed to the teeth w/ potent conventional arsenals that...

I'm a big fan of the Ploughshares Fund www.ploughshares.org/ but sadly the nuclear club will only grow, thus increasing the risk of human error, misc-calculation, a dirty bomb and potential destruction of the planet that hosts us.

Global peace in a nutshell below...such an *evolved* and *inspiring* concept. No wonder E.T. was eager to phone home.
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
The likelihood of nuclear annihilation is much smaller than the likelihood of annihilation by conventional means in a world free of nuclear weapons. Besides, if we factor morality in this, then we might as well demand the abolishment of all explosive and firearm weapons due to their ability to inflict collateral annihilation. But morality has never been a factor in geopolitical and strategic matters. Nor should it be. Interests is the name of the game, and global peace upheld by the presence of nuclear weapons in several major countries is in everybody’s interest.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
So the logic goes in some circles. That is, until they are used and nuclear annihilation is upon us. There's something to be said about the utter moral depravity of relying on genocidal capabilities to uphold 'peace' and strategic interests.
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Nuclear weapons are global peace-keepers. Abolish them and we open ourselves up for destructive wars between nation-states, possibly even WW3. Not a good idea at all.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
With Russia and the US modernizing their nuclear arsenals, a new arms race is upon us. While the START treaty limits/reduces the number of warheads both countries can have the declining inventories mask the tech improvements. This new arms race is not based on the number of weapons but on increasing lethality. Scary. #AbolishNuclearWeapons
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Stupid is what stupid does. Saudi leaders are copying Trump about how to deal other countries.
Music to my ear:
"Saudi Arabia expelled Canada's ambassador on Sunday and froze all new trade and investment deals with the country after the Canadian foreign ministry called on Riyadh to free jailed civil rights activists. "
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Zionism was condemned as a racist ideology by the United Nations in the 1970s. And now in the second decade of the 21st century, Zionism has morphed into a violent fascist ideology that is being used against the native Palestinians.
This new form of Zionism, aka Zionazim, resides in the White House now.
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MohammadAla Mohammad Ala (@MohammadAla) on Pinned comment
Ahed Tamimi has become the symbol of Palestine.
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) replied to ayatoilet (@ayatoilet) on Pinned comment
Liberals have never been really opposed to militant/interventionist foreign policy. This whole humanitarian thing became a serious factor in foreign policy only after Detente in the Cold War, when the human rights cause became a convenient new justification for escalation with the Soviet Union. Ever since that moment, liberal have been exploited the human rights issue for the purpose of promoting American imperialism overseas.
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ayatoilet ayatoilet (@ayatoilet) on Pinned comment
I am not, by any means, a Trump supporter. But, why does it fall to the U.S. to do peace keeping in Congo, a former Belgian colony? Why is this NOT a European project? Why should the U.S. be a policeman in Congo -- somewhere of no real strategic interest to the U.S; some 4 or 5000 miles away? Its expensive, dangerous, and of no consequence to the U.S. And actually, the Europeans F'd the region up, why should, why could the U.S. clean it up and provide a long-term solution to a situation it basically knows nothing about nor can understand? Americans barely know the capital cities of their own states, and have a very bad history with their military overseas. This doesn't really fit into the basket of stuff the U.S. should be involved in. As sad as the situation is, its not for America to fix it or even play a role in it. If we (as Iranian Americans) want the U.S. to poke its nose out of Iran etc. then why is this even important?
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Here, the poet Tariq al Haydar translates Tatour’s words into English:

Resist, My People, Resist Them
Resist, my people, resist them.

In Jerusalem, I dressed my wounds and breathed my sorrows

And carried the soul in my palm

For an Arab Palestine.

I will not succumb to the “peaceful solution,”

Never lower my flags

Until I evict them from my land.

I cast them aside for a coming time.

Resist, my people, resist them.

Resist the settler’s robbery

And follow the caravan of martyrs.

Shred the disgraceful constitution

Which imposed degradation and humiliation

And deterred us from restoring justice.

They burned blameless children;

As for Hadil, they sniped her in public,

Killed her in broad daylight.

Resist, my people, resist them.

Resist the colonialist’s onslaught.

Pay no mind to his agents among us

Who chain us with the peaceful illusion.

Do not fear doubtful tongues;

The truth in your heart is stronger,

As long as you resist in a land

That has lived through raids and victory.

So Ali called from his grave:

Resist, my rebellious people.

Write me as prose on the agarwood;

My remains have you as a response.

Resist, my people, resist them.

Resist, my people, resist them.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
"The land, air, and naval blockade has led thousands in Gaza to protest near the fence with Israel in recent weeks. It also prompted residents to set sail from the coast of Gaza in May in a bid to break Israel's imposed boundary"
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Good questions.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Feeling small and humbled thinking of her.
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MohammadAla Mohammad Ala (@MohammadAla) on Pinned comment
Very true.

I believe if interferences in other countries affairs and bombings stop, most natives will NOT immigrate.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
"On Saturday, the health ministry in Gaza announced that 20-year-old Muhammad Nasir Shurab had died of injuries he suffered the day before when he was shot by snipers east of Khan Younis."
"The theme of this Friday’s protest was solidarity with Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village near Jerusalem which faces imminent demolition by Israel – a war crime – to make way for more Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Many Palestinians in Gaza addressed messages to the people of Khan al-Ahmar through local media."
“We are here today in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Khan al-Ahmar,” one man said. “All of Gaza is with you.”
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